Which Melon is Right For You?

Not all types of melons are created equal. Each with their own strengths and weaknesses, watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew consistently set chefs up for success. Since everyone has a favorite, it can be hard to look beyond personal preference when selecting the right melon for you dish. We’re here to help. Plan properly with this quick guide.

Watermelon

Even though watermelon has one of the faintest flavors of all melons, its taste isn’t difficult to conjure up. The high water content (around 92%) creates a different texture than other melons, but concurrently makes watermelon the most “refreshing” type of melon. Additionally, watermelons offer one of the best price points in all of produce, with a cost to weight ratio that’s second to none.

  • Peak Season: April-December
  • Texture: Juicy, yet crisp
  • Flavor: Light and sweet
  • Best For: Beverages and desserts

Cantaloupe

A great all purpose melon, cantaloupes hold the honor of being the most popular melon in the US. It’s no surprise too; they’re reliable, nutritious, and look fantastic in the dining room. Cantaloupes are very versatile, but keep in mind that they offer a weighty flavor unlike most melons. They’re not a good option for budget-conscious chefs as well, as they tend to be more expensive than other melons. However, it’s hard to go wrong with this clear customer favorite.

  • Peak Season: April-December
  • Texture: Dense, slightly juicy
  • Flavor: Floral, smooth sweetness
  • Best For: Salads and smoothies

Honeydew

Believe it or not, but honeydew is the sweetest of all melons. This fruit is often given a bad name because of improper treatment. After all, they wouldn’t have named it “honey” dew for nothing right? Perfectly ripe honeydew is wonderfully sweet and creamy, making it a great counterpoint to savory dishes.

  • Peak Season: August-October
  • Texture: Creamy
  • Flavor: Supremely sweet
  • Best For: Pairing with meat, gazpacho